Richard L. “Dick” Corbeill, 89, greeted his son and daughter in heaven on Tuesday, October 19, 2022, supported in prayer and surrounded by the love of his wife and daughter at his side. He was born June 8, 1933, to Richard G. and Mary (Theys) Corbeill. Dick graduated from Central Catholic in 1951 and served his country in the U.S. Navy. He began a career of 44 years with Northern Papermill as a machine tender, retiring as a guard from James River. Many students will remember Dick from his second career as a school bus driver with Laidlaw.
On June 22, 1957, Dick married Sylvia Ann Tlachac at St. Hubert Catholic Church in Rosiere, a sacred union that has lasted 65 years. Three children blessed the marriage, Greg, Mary and Stephanie. The family enjoyed exploring the continental United States, camping as they travelled.
Dick’s faith life was extremely important to him, and he was active at Holy Cross, and later, Resurrection Parishes as well as with Cursillo retreats. He also was active with the Bayshore Athletic Booster Club and enjoyed time spent with the Bay Settlement Gang. Dick loved spending time with family and friends who will miss his quick wit and one-liners.
For the last 30 years, Dick has persevered through primary lateral sclerosis. With his determination (and the assistance of his buddy Scoot) the disease did not slow him down. He was especially grateful to the doctors, nurses and therapists whose care allowed him to thrive during this time.
Those left to celebrate his memory include his wife Sylvia; his daughter, Mary Peterson; a daughter-in-law, Andi Vogel; three beloved grandchildren, Izana (Josh) Watruba, Justin (fiancée Abby Jurczykowski), and Max Peterson; Josh’s daughter Kayli; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Claire (Larry) Peters, Martin (Darlene) Tlachac, Barbara Settles, Cindy (Jack) Nisbet, Greg (Stephanie) Tlachac, Randy (Carol) Tlachac, and Kristine (Greg) Nebel; nieces, nephews, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by a daughter Stephanie and a son Greg; a son-in-law, Joe Peterson; his parents and two sisters, Carol (William) Brault and Doris (Ray) Johnson.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. Visitation will continue from 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. Monday at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Noon Monday at the church with Revs. Tom Reynebeau and Tim Shillcox concelebrating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. To send online condolences visit www.prokowall.com. The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed and can be viewed at https://www.gbres.org/live.
In addition to his care teams throughout the years, Dick’s family extends a special thank you to Odd Fellows Rehabilitation, Aurora ICU and Aurora Hospice for their compassionate care during this final journey.